Professional Development Resources

*NEW* Berea College Community Strengthening Initiative (BCCSI)

The Berea College Community Strengthening Initiative (BCCSI) is a program meant to encourage Berea College staff to attend at least one on-campus event per month, if possible. For more information, please visit this webpage.

FERPA Training PowerPoint

Want to learn more about FERPA here at Berea College? If so, please login to review a PowerPoint created by the Office of the Registrar for all Berea College employees. Aslo be sure to check-out the FERPA webpage on the Office of the Registrar’s website:

Professional Development Request Form

Do you want to request professional development funds from your Vice President for a conference, training, certification, etc.? If so, simply fill out the form at this link:

The College’s Administrative Leadership Council (made up of the Administrative Committee, Associate Vice Presidents, and Directors) and Staff Forum leadership indicate that the top five requests for professional development from staff members are:

  1. Funds to attend or present at conferences and workshops;
  2. Increased frequency and levels of technology training;
  3. Certification training;
  4. Job-specific skills training; and
  5. Leadership skills development, including tools for running an effective meeting.

Priority allocation for staff development funds is given to 1) strategic professional development of staff to ensure that employees with promotional potential receive training to prepare them for the next step in their career progression at the College; 2) staff with credentials that require continuing education; and 3) staff presenting at a conference; and 4.) Technical skills training for new job related technology.

Instructions for Professional Development Proposals

Proposals should describe the activity, provide a budget, and indicate the amount of funding requested. Obtaining the support of your immediate supervisor is a required part of the application process. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served, basis and are subject to the availability of funds.

Travel Policy

Please note that all who receive funds involving travel must adhere to the Berea College Travel Policy.

Report on Completion

Staff who receive Staff Development Funding are to submit a report via email within 30 days of the completion of the project via email to a designated staff member within the Division (Staff members in the academic division are not required to complete a report after their project has been completed). Those staff members are as follows:

  • Alumni & College Relations: JoJo Wray
  • Financial Affairs: Scotty Abney
  • Information Systems & Services: Yvonne Williams
  • Student Life: Carla Roberts
  • Operations & Sustainability: Malissa Blair
  • President’s Office: Judy Mott
  • Strategic Initiatives: Erica Woods
  • Labor: Brittany Ash

Please note that your direct supervisor’s electronic signature is required on this form.

If you experience any technical difficulty with this form, please contact Sam Cole via email at or via phone by calling ext. 3210.

If you are not sure about which Division you are in as a staff member, please consult this handy guide.

Professional Development Initiative Documentation

Vision Paper (PDF) (includes definition of professional development)

Staff Forum Presentation to A.C. in December 2015 (PDF)

Staff Professional Development and Climate Survey Instrument (PDF) (administered in 2015)

On and Off-Campus Professional Development Opportunities

Qualtrics Training

Three sessions will be offered with Clara Chapman in January, 2019 in the Hutchins Library, room 103. Classes are limited to 25 participants, each.

Beginner (January 3rd, 8 AM-Noon): This session will focus on the projects screen, creating a survey
(including explanations/examples of all question types), formatting survey options, basic distribution of surveys, creating/using contact lists, and basic reporting.

Intermediate (January 4th, 9 AM-Noon): This session will build on knowledge gained in the Beginning session. It will focus on organization of your account, collaboration, navigation/blocks, survey flow, exporting data, embedded data, piping text and additional distribution methods.

Advanced (January 7th, 9 AM-Noon): This session will build on knowledge from the Intermediate session. It will focus on advanced reporting options, creating/using embedded data, scoring, analyzing text responses, import options, triggers, workflow, in-line questions, and quotas (using event registration as an example).

To sign up for any of these sessions, please RSVP here:

Coffee and Cream Chats

The Workforce Development Training Team at the Labor Program will once again be hosting informal meetings (with light refreshments!) for labor supervisors to meet and share ideas. During the Fall 2018 these meetings will take place in Hafer-Gibson, room 104 from 9:15-10:00 AM on the following days:

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

For more information, please email Collis Robinson (

Green Dot Trainings

Learn more about Green Dot, a bystander intervention program. Please encourage students to attend!

Green Dot Student Trainings

Saturday, November 10, 2018 12:00-5:00, Appalachian Center Gallery

Contact Heather Dent ( if you have any questions.

Safe Zone Training

Berea College is one of hundreds of colleges and universities that provide training to promote inclusive spaces for LGBTQ students. More specifically, this Safe Zone Training Program provides participants with an opportunity to gain knowledge and awareness about gender and sexual identity development. Participants will be engaged in experiential activities that promote a space for dialogue and questions related to gender and sexual identity. Upon completion of the training, participants will leave with educational materials and an optional window cling or sticker to place in your office/workspace. Should you choose to take the Safe Zone sticker you will be communicating that your office is a safe, friendly, respectful, and non-judgmental space for our LGBTQ students. For more information about this training opportunity, please contact Dr. Amanda Wyrick, Berea’s Safe Zone trainer at

Employee Title IX and Dine

Share a meal with Title IX Staff to share concerns, successes, and ideas.

  • Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 from 9:00-10:00 AM in the Hutchins Room of the Dining Hall, Alumni Building

Title IX Training

Covers Berea College’s policies and procedures on Sexual Misconduct, how to identify and prevent sexual violence, How to report and incident, and the impact of trauma on victims. All new employees are required to attend one of these sessions. For more information about upcoming sessions, please contact either Heather Dent or Joslyn Glover via email or phone.


Go365,the employee wellness and rewards platform is all about you. You’ll receive Activities personalized to help you reach your health goals, no matter where you are on your journey to better health. Just unlock your Activities and earn Points redeemable for prizes in the shopping mall.

How to get started with Go365

Friday, September 14

10:00-10:30 a.m. and

1:30-2:00 p.m.

Hafer-Gibson, HR conference room

Whether you are a new employee or a seasoned employee, the time is right to get started with Go365. Learn about the program, including how to register, earn points and how to redeem points.

No need to RSVP, just show up at one of the times above.

Go365 National Step Tournament

Round one begins Sept. 10

Berea College is competing in the first-ever Go365 National Step Tournament and we want YOU to join us as we compete against other companies for a chance to win a donation in our name to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The donation will go to the local chapter in Lexington which serves Madison County, meaning we’ll be fighting food insecurity in our local community if we advance to additional rounds of the tournament. One million meals in total will be donated across the winning teams!

To join the competition, sign into your Go365 account today (online or through the Go365 App), find “Go365 National Step Tournament” in the Challenges area and search for our company team name: Berea College

Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the start of Round 1 of the tournament, which begins Sept. 10.

Thrive! Steptember Step Challenge

That is not a typo, Go365 regulars know that we have monthly step challenges to earn 100 points.

The challenge will start on Sunday, September 3, and continue through till the end of the month.

To join the competition, sign into your Go365 account today (online or through the Go365 App), find “Steptember” in the Challenges area and join the Berea College team or create your own!

Weight Watchers at Work

A new 12-week series of Weight Watchers will begin Thursday, September 13. Weekly meetings are at 9:15-9:45 a.m. Attend the FREE Open House next Thursday 9/6 from 9:15-9:45 in Hafer-Gibson, HR Conference Room to see if the new FreeStyle program is right for you. Employees join for only $36. Employee spouses/partners covered on a college medical plan can join for $36. Students can join for FREE. To receive more information about Weight Watchers, including options for those that cannot attend the 9:15 meeting, or to express interest in joining, please click here.

The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

Participation in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). To take the IDI as an individual, area, or office, please contact Dr. Alicestyne Turley ( (login through MyBerea portal)

Labor Program How-To Training Videos

Information about the Staff Development Fund

Information about Tuition Reimbursement

Berea College Staff Development Workshops
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Fall 2018 BC Staff Development (BCSD) Schedule

Nov 14 (W)     Strengths Based Personal Leadership
(8:30 a.m. to noon, Room 226 in Stephenson Hall)

Dec 12 (W)      Intersection of Identity – Working well with others in a complex inter-cultural workplace
(8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Room 226 in Stephenson Hall). Lunch is included.

  • Please note – this workshop includes two sessions; part 1 in the morning and part 2 in the afternoon. Both parts are required.

For more information and to REGISTER, please visit

  1. Click a specific workshop title to learn more about the workshop.  (be sure to look at the ‘Live Events’ tab for current workshops)
  2. To register: within a specific workshop, click “Register” and follow the prompts to reserve your seat.

Please make sure your schedule is open before you commit to registering.  If you supervise staff employees, please discuss these professional development opportunities with your staff. Participants will explore topics through a combination of reflection, discussion, and group activities. These are designed to be engaging, interactive, and fun learning experiences.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Nigro at extension 3436.

The Civil Rights Seminar & Tour

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Events

The Appalachian Seminar & Tour

Participation in Dean’s Reading Groups

Reading GroupsDate, Location, and Discussion Leaders
Let’s Pretend this Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny LawsonSep. 25th, Oct. 2nd, 5:30p-6:30p
Lead by Troy Price & Amanda Peach
Southernmost by Silas HouseOct. 4th, 3:30p-5:00p
Lead by Chad Berry & Silas House
Dreamland by Sam QuinonesNov. 14th & 28th, 4:30p-6:00p,
Lead by Andrea Woodward & Shannon Phelps
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'NeilNov. 2nd & 30th, 4:00p-5:00p at Faber Library in Stephenson Hall
Lead by Chris Miller & Jan Pearce
The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara SeeberJan. 10th & 24th, 5:00p-6:00p at Bates home, Lorraine Court
Lead by Rebecca Bates & Nancy Sowers
Saint Monkey by Jacinda TownsendJan. 24th, 4:00p at the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center
Lead by Jacinda Townsend & Chris Green
The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson WhiteheadFeb. 11th & 18th, 5:00p-6:00p at the Woodson Center, Hathaway Library
Lead by Linda Strong-Leek & Alicestyne Turley
iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean M. TwengeMar. 13th & 27th, 11:00a-12:00p in Hafer-Gibson, HR Conference Room
Lead by Jill Gurtatowski & Gus Gerassamides
For more information email Sarah Broomfield at:

Participation in Community Reading Groups

For more information on Community Reads, please contact Sarah Broomfield via email or by calling 859-985-3487.

Lunch & Learn Workshops (Contact Jill Gurtatowski for more information).